KELVIN CHONGO, Lusaka
TOPSTAR, a public signal distributor, has with immediate effect dropped the price of decoders from K199 to K99.
Topstar sales director Cliff Sichone said at a press briefing yesterday that the price has been reduced from K199 to K99 for a full kit decoder.
“TopStar is committed to ensuring all Zambian citizens are able to benefit from the television digital migration programme currently being rolled out across the country,” Mr Sichone said.
Mr Sichone said TopStar has gone into another phase called ‘Yafika digital migration’ campaign that will see more towns connected to its signal, and more Zambians benefiting from digital television.
He said in March this year, TopStar announced a price of K199 for the full digital terrestrial transmission (DTT) kit that included a decoder, smart card, antennae and 20m cable.
Mr Sichone said subscribers along the line of rail view up to 40 channels for free during this period and will only begin to pay subscription on October 1, 2017, when the analogue signal will be switched off.
“Under the first phase of digital migration, towns along the line of rail from Chililabombwe to Kalomo have been accessing digital and analogue television, but on the switch-off date, all households will be required to own a set box decoder to access TV signal,” he said.
And Mr Sichone said it is a requirement for television set owners to have a decoder to access digital TV signal, and that TopStar, in partnership with Government, is making the latest technology available at an affordable price.
He also said during phase two and three of the digital migration, over 72 transmission sites will be erected to enable all Zambians have access.
Mr Sichone also said TopStar is set to be the provider of digital television in the country.